Wildlife Conservation

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    104 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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In an era of unprecedented global change, the need to conserve biodiversity has come to the forefront of both research and policy. Global biodiversity is facing a range of emerging threats, including climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, and the introduction of invasive species. At Aberystwyth University, the BSc Wildlife Conservation will interest those who wish to take a holistic approach that covers all aspects of wildlife conservation and at the same time exploring background scientific knowledge and ecological concepts applied to the conservation of endangered flora, fauna and habitats then this is the course for you. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2020).

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Biological Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)


Why study Wildlife Conservation at Aberystwyth University?

  • Our research is ranked in the top 10 in the UK and 78% of it is assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF, 2014).
  • This course will allow you to explore the political, financial, and social forces that underlie wildlife conservation and environmental management.
  • You will be taught and mentored by academics who work closely with conservation bodies to inform and advise best-practice in conservation, management and policy. They also carry out practical work in the landscape around Aberystwyth.
  • As a student you will enjoy the unrivalled wildlife and countryside: Aberystwyth is a stone’s throw away from many internationally recognised habitats, including UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere, two RAMSAR wetlands, two marine special areas of conservation, two National Nature reserves, several sites of special scientific interest to name but a few, providing you with fabulous fieldwork and recreational opportunities. 
  • Students who are interested in undertaking a year in industry will be interested in our sister course BSc Wildlife Conservation with integrated year in industry. The syllabus is identical to this course, however you will have a year where you will experience a work placement which is relevant to this course. 
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Comparative Animal Physiology * BR14110 10
Ecoleg BG13510 10
Ecology * BR13510 10
Evolution And The Diversity Of Life * BR14310 10
Foundations For Life * BR10020 20
Introduction To Conservation * BR10110 10
Study And Communication Skills * BR12410 10
The Biosphere * BR13210 10
The Development And Management Of British Habitats * BR10810 10
The Green Planet * BR13610 10
Wildlife Forensics * BR15720 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
An Introduction To Landscape Ecology And Geographic Information Systems * BR25520 20
Research Methods * BR25620 20
Wildlife Management * BR27220 20
Zoo Science BR26920 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Arctic Ecology Field Course * BR23620 20
Marine Biology * BR22620 20
Applied Aquatic Conservation * BR26220 20
Climate Change: Plants, Animals And Ecosystems * BR21120 20
Ecological Surveying * BR21420 20
Freshwater Biology * BR22020 20
Tropical Zoology Field Course * BR23820 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Global Biodiversity Conservation * BR33420 20
Research Project * BR36440 40
Wildlife Conservation * BR34520 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Animal Behaviour Field Course * BR34920 20
Conservation Genetics And Evolution Field Course * BR36220 20
Population And Community Ecology * BR33920 20
Terrestrial Ecology Fieldcourse * BR36620 20
Tropical Rainforest Ecology And Conservation (trec) Field Course * BR30120 20
Environmental Regulation And Consultancy * BR35620 20
The Agri-environment * BR30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Career prospects

Graduates on this course benefit from both the scientific and policy aspects that underlie wildlife conservation.

Students on this course could enter several organisations involved in conservation biology or general environmental management, such as: 

  • Natural Resources Wales;
  • Wildlife Trusts;
  • The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology;
  • RSPB;
  • National Trust;
  • The Environment Agency;
  • Local authority departments;
  • NGOs;
  • This course also permits students to undertake further research studying on any of our MSc, PhD and PGCE courses. 

The University has an excellent Careers Advisory Service and we have our own dedicated, professional Careers Advisor. We also have a member of staff who is Director of Employability for IBERS and we are constantly striving to embed and enhance the delivery of real-world skills into every module we offer.

What skill will I develop from studying Wildlife Conservation?

Employability is embedded in our teaching. Our students leave Aberystwyth University with the skills including: 

  • research and data analysis skills;
  • enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;
  • a thorough grounding in information technology skills;
  • the ability to work independently;
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.

In the first year, you may gain a broad knowledge of the key underlying concepts relevant to conservation biology which includes:

  • Evolution and diversity of organisms
  • Habitats and ecosystems

In the second year, you may be introduced to aspects of wildlife conservation, which include:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Conservation
  • Relevant policy
  • Statistical analyses and experimental design
  • Aquatic systems
  • Animal behaviour
  • Policy and Management based aspects of conservation

In your final year you could:

  • address conservation at both local and global scales
  • be required to undertake and finish a dissertation through independent programme of research under the guidance of a supervisor.

How will I be taught?

Students will be taught in the format of lectures and seminars. The course will include tutorials, case studies, laboratory practicals and fieldwork for research purposes.

You will be assessed through course work, exams and presentations.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC with B in Biology

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Biology at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Biology

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact

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